Benefits of Dahon-pula Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 This is a prostate herb usually known as “Red Ivy” or “Metal leaf” in English. It comes with the scientific name Hemigraphis colorata. It makes a good border plant and widely distributed in cultivation. It is typically used as ornamental indoor and outdoor plant for its attractive foliage. It is known as native of Java. In Philippines, it is cultivated in Manila and roadside provincial garden-marts for its leaves. Furthermore, this plant is also known as herbal plant. In fact, it is considered diuretic, vulnerary, antibacterial, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory. Fresh leaves are reported to yield of potassium while its extracts and stems yielded carbohydrates, steroid, saponin, counarins, tannins, proteins, carboxylic acids, flavonoids and alkaloids. Read More


Benefits of Dapo-sa-boho Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name dischidia vidalii, this plant is known to be endemic in the country and are usually grown in the dead or drying climbing bamboo at low altitudes. Particular places include Bataan, Rizal, and Laguna where this specie might be found. Dapo-sa- boho is known to be a help on treating conditions of goiter. These may be achieved by crushing its leaves, salted, put on a piece of cloth and applied externally to the affected area. Read More


Benefits of Dill Image by Rillke / CC BY-SA 3.0 Dill (Anethum graveolens) is also known as Garden dill, dilly. It belongs to the Umbelliferae or Apiaceae family. It is commonly cultivated as an herb especially in warm temperate and tropical zones. Usually, it is grown mainly because of its edible leaves and seeds, and also used as medicine. Traditionally, it is used as an herb because its seeds are a common and very effective remedy for a wide range of digestive problems. An infusion from it is used in treating gripe in babies and flatulence in young children. An essential oil can be made from the seed through extracting and it is used to relieve intestinal spasms and griping. By chewing the seed it improves bad breath. The plant is also used as a flu remedy, including cough or cold. Read More


Benefits of Dusol Image by Susindra / CC0 1.0 With its scientific name kaemferia rotunda, this plant is also known as the “Lesser galangal” in English. It can be found in the areas of Bontoc, Baguio, Rizal, and Mindanao, usually on open grasslands at low and medium altitudes. It can also grow in India, Malaya, and Moluccas, cultivated for culinary and medicinal purposes. It has aromatic, carminative, diuretic, stimulant, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, nematicidal, repellant, larvicidal, vasorelaxant, sedative, antineoplastic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-allergic, and wound-healing effects. It is believed to help cure conditions such as dyspepsia, headaches, agues, coughs, mumps, and sore throats. In Visayas, Dusol rhizomes are given to women after childbirth. Read More


Benefits of Dalairo Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 Locally, it is also called “Koles-talano” and sometimes “Kahoi-dlaga”. It has a scientific name Anaxagorea luzonensis. It is mostly found in forest chiefly at medium altitudes. Locally, it is abundant in Bataan, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas and Camarines Provinces in Luzon; and in Mindoro, Biliran, Leyte, Negros and Mindanao. It also occurs in Sri Lanka, Burma, Sumatra, the Malay Peninsula, Indo-China and Java. This plant is also used in different medicinal purposes. In Thailand, it is used as a blood tonic, stomachic, antipyretic, and treatment of muscular pain. It is also used as topical for rheumatism. In some places, it is also used in erectile dysfunction. However, based on different studies, it is actually effective as antimicrobial and test result shown that the extracts are safe to use as a material source for herbal drug development. In fact, it is also effective as antioxidant. Read More


Benefits of Darak Image by mufidpwt / CC0 1.0 Darak is more commonly known as Rice bran or Rice polishings, in English. Darak is a by-product of the rice milling process, which is actually the hard layer between the rice grain itself and the husk (outer layer). Rice bran is known to have 60% of the nutrients found in each rice kernel. Darak is known to have effects which constitute to cholesterol reduction, combating cancer, alleviating menopausal and postmenopausal symptoms. It can also be used as a laxative. Just add two teaspoon of darak to one glass of water and drink daily. Read More


Benefits of Diluario Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Diluario (Acanthus ilicifolius) goes by many names, including duduaria, takis-lakis, tinlui, sea holly and holly-leaved acanthus. It is described as a reclining shrub or an ascending, slightly branched, smooth shrub. It is harvested for local use as a medicine and a material for making soap. It is a gregarious plant (growing in pure associations) that is very common along the banks of estuaries and lagoons, and in marshy land and mangroves close to the seashore. For medicinal uses, the parts which are completely exposed in air are considered to be astringent, emollient, expectorant, stimulant and nervine (used to calm the nerves). A decoction of the leaves and roots is used in treating asthma. While the root is expectorant, it is used in treating coughs, asthma and paralysis. Read More

Dwarf morning-glory

Benefits of Dwarf morning-glory Image by AdrianBV / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name evolvulus alsinoides, this plant is also known as the little glory, slender dwarf morning-glory, and Dwarf morning-glory, in English. This species is known to be pantropic. It is locally abundant in the Philippines from northern Luzon to Mindanao. It usually occurs in open grasslands at low and medium altitudes. It has alterative, febrifuge, anthelmintic, antiphlogistic, tonic, and vermifuge effects. It is also believed to cure conditions such as irregular bowel movements, fevers, syphilis, scrofula, dysentery, chronic bronchitis, asthma, leprosy, pulmonary ailements, and stomach troubles. In the old Sudanese Kingdom, Dwarf-morning glory is used with other herbs as a charm to exorcise evil spirits causing disease. Read More


Benefits of Dalandan Image by A. Barra / CC BY-SA 2.0 This popular plant is better known as “Sour Orange” or “Sweet Orange” or simply “Orange” in English. It comes with a scientific name Citrus aurantium. It is known as native in the Old World. Actually, it is found in all warm countries. It is nearly always planted throughout the Philippines. Just like any other citrus fruit, this plant has a lot of vitamins and minerals content and is beneficial to our health. In fact, it is a good source of vitamin C. Moreover, this plant has high citric flavonoids content which have potential antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-cancer, antiviral, anti-inflammatory activity and cholesterol lowering potential. Other uses includes perfumery, and as ingredients for leech prevention and preparation of tincture of cinchona and tincture of gentian. Read More

Date palm

Benefits of Date palm Image by Seweryn Olkowicz / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name phoenix dactylifera, this plant is also known as Date, Date palm, or Ye zao, in English. It is known to be native to West Asia and North Africa and is now cultivated in the Philippines for ornamental purposes. Its fruits, pits, flowers, and pollen can be consumed for nutrients and medicinal purposes. It has tonic, aphrodisiac, antioxidant, and purgative effects. It is believed to help cure conditions such as fever, colds, cystitis, edema, sore throat, liver cancer, low sperm count, diarrhea, and toothaches. Egyptians use date palm pollen grains to improve fertility in women. Read More